What is Guy Wire?

Used for stabilization of free-standing structures, guy wires are commonly used by tower companies.

The Guy Wire Name

Guy wire goes by several names. Some refer to it as guyed wire, others guy cable, and still others guy strand or guy anchors. People will also mistakenly refer to it as guide wire, when in fact the term is derived from the term guy, which is a rope, cable or cord used to steady, guide or secure.

What is Guy Wire?

Guy wire is a tensioned cable that is both lightweight and strong. These cables add stability to free-standing structures. They can be seen on ship masts, radio towers, wind turbines, utility poles, and more.

Guy Wire Hardware

Big grip dead ends (Preforms): Used for high tensioning.

End sleeves (Ice clips): Needed when using big grip dead ends, to prevent unraveling.

Drop forged wire rope clips: Used to clamp the loose end of wire rope after forming an eye.

Shackles: Used for connecting wire rope, chain and slings.

Thimbles: Used to protect the eye or loop of wire rope.

Turnbuckles: Used to pull together or push apart guy anchors.

Guy Wire Installation

Penn-Tech International has been developing tower sites since its inception in 1968. We provide a broad-range of tower site development services. You can contract us to develop your entire site, from the civil work through installation, maintenance and repair.

Thomas Hedberg

President • Penn-Tech International, Inc.

Thomas is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in the tower industry. Thomas specializes in a wide range of tower technologies, including HF, Satcom, Microwave, VHF/UHF, and 800 MHz. His expertise spans tower construction, custom support development, tower inspection, alignment, and precise guy cable tensioning.

Guy Cable Myths Lead to Safety Issues

This post appeared in the February 2005 issue of Tower Times, published by NATE (National Association of Tower Erectors).

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Thomas Hedberg

President • Penn-Tech International, Inc.

Thomas is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in the tower industry. Thomas specializes in a wide range of tower technologies, including HF, Satcom, Microwave, VHF/UHF, and 800 MHz. His expertise spans tower construction, custom support development, tower inspection, alignment, and precise guy cable tensioning.

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Radome Services 101

Protect your radar systems with radome services. Learn what they are, how they work, and why you need them in our comprehensive guide.

Ensuring Cable Safety

In this post, we’ll discuss the role of tension meters in preventing cable failure and why they are essential tools for any cable maintenance program.

How Often Do Tension Meters Need to be Calibrated?

Based on our industry knowledge, historical data, and decades of customer feedback, one year is the longest a tension meter should go without recalibration.